Man dies in East Flatbush inferno

Firefighters check their equipment outside the house fire that claimed a life in East Flatbush.
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An East Flatbush inferno claimed the life of a 64-year-old man on Tuesday.

Around 60 firefighters rushed to battle the blaze that broke out in the basement of a two-story building on East 96th Street near Lenox Road just before 2 pm, and smoke eaters managed to quench the fire about a half hour later, firefighters said.

First responders later discovered an 64-year-old man clinging to life in ruins of the house fire, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to firefighters.

Paramedics rushed another resident to Brookdale Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the department spokesman.

Authorities have not yet released the deceased man’s identity pending notification of his family, according to police.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Posted 12:00 am, October 9, 2019
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Reginald Culver says:
I think people take Paul Martinka for granted but that is a mistake. The picture at top is first rate photojournalism -- the composition, the two firefighters' expressions -- and this is no accident and not the first time.
Oct. 9, 10:33 am

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